DPR Deputy Speaker Utut Adianto: All Factions Agree on Revising the KPK Law
IN a House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session on Thursday, September 5, Deputy Speaker from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Utut Adianto, asked for factions to express their stance in regard to the revisions of two laws—one of which is the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law—in writing. All 10 faction representatives agreed.
UTUT closed the session no later than 20 minutes after it began. The session concluded that the DPR was in agreement to revise the KPK law and making it a DPR initiative draft revision. Later, after receiving a letter from President Joko Widodo, the DPR and the government will discuss the revision. The plenary hearing also discussed a letter from the President, containing the names of 10 KPK leadership candidates to be selected by the DPR.
The KPK law revision has been discussed since 2010, but the plan never saw much light. The revision was again in discussion in 2017 during the DPR inquiry process into the KPK. After the general elections, the draft sneaked its way into the legislation body and was approved for deliberation in the plenary hearing.
Utut had a central role in passing the draft KPK law revision in the plenary hearing. The hearing began late because Utut was the only leader among the six DPR leaders in Jakarta, while the meeting had to be attended by a minimum two leaders. DPR Speaker Bambang Soesatyo arrived at the House late after attending the World Parliamentary Forum in Bali.
Below are excerpts from our interview with Utut on Thursday, September 5. Several questions and answers were exchanged with the former national chess player via text messaging after the interview.
Why is the PDI-P recommending a revision of the KPK law?
This was the recommendation of the DPR legislation body. All factions agreed that the draft revision will be the DPR’s initiative.
(“Revision to improve the KPK’s performance, which has had weaknesses so far, such as the misuse of authority because some corruption cases were discontinued. Additionally, to prioritize corruption prevention and improve inter-institutional synergy between law enforcement institutions,” said PDI-P Secretary-General Hasto Kristiyanto.)
The proposal to revise the KPK law feels sudden. The legislation body meeting took place at night.
I’m not a member of the legislation body.
But some say you instructed DPR members from the PDI-P to guard the KPK law’s revision.
The people who arrange the legislation body’s schedule are they themselves. I’m not able to intervene.
Why did the legislation body send a letter on the deliberations of the MD3 and KPK laws’ revisions to the DPR deputy speaker? Shouldn’t the letter have been sent to Speaker Bambang Soesatyo?
As soon as factions in the legislation body gave their approval, their leadership sent a letter to DPR leadership. We followed up by holding a consultative body meeting and finally, a plenary session. The letter was not addressed to me, but to DPR leadership.
Is it true that you met with Golkar politicians to discuss the revision of the KPK law as well as to prepare a meeting between PDI-P General Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri and Golkar Chairman Airlangga Hartarto?
No. I’m unaware that there was a plan for a meeting (between Megawati and Airlangga).